PENDLETON - It turns out there's an audience for jazz in Pendleton, after all.

Saturday's jazz concert was a success, and the Arts Council of Pendleton already is planning another, said Charlotte Kuhn, the council's executive director.

"We had a full house," Kuhn said. "I thought it was great."

Portland guitarist Dan Balmer, playing with a trio, brought 71 attendees from across the county to the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

"The concert was great," Balmer said. "Nice venue, nice people, nice everything."

He added he was sure other Portland-area jazz musicians would want to come and play Pendleton.

Kuhn said before the concert that if the event was well attended, a regular jazz series could start in Pendleton.

The Arts Council is aiming for its next jazz concert in early summer, Kuhn said.

Marjorie Iberg, an Arts Council board member, said two Northwest artists already have been lined up for concerts.

Balmer's concert appealed to people of all ages, Kuhn said. "We also had new people here, new faces," she added.

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